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29th Nov, 2016 | 3:53pm

Why West Ham desperately need 27-year-old back in the side

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

West Ham need Andy Carroll to return from injury as soon as possible after they were dealt a major blow when Diafra Sakho picked up an injury during their 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday.

The striker will undergo a scan on Tuesday afternoon which will determine the extent of his injury but it is feared he may be out for a lengthy period of time.

The Hammers have had a poor start to the season but were just starting to pick up form and Sakho’s return this month gave them a huge boost.

He scored his side’s only goal against Manchester United before getting injured on Sunday and alongside Michail Antonio and Dimitri Payet, he posed the biggest attacking threat for the Hammers.

His injury is devastating for West Ham and especially given the fact Carroll has not featured since August so the club are now without the two star strikers once again.

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Carroll made just three Europa League and one Premier League appearance before he was ruled out with injury but the 27-year-old is nearing a comeback and it is desperately needed.

The tall striker gives Slaven Bilic’s side another option in attack as he can hold the ball up and bring midfielders into play, as well as being a constant aerial threat.

Last season he was in great form and netted nine goals in 25 league appearances as his side finished 7th in the table but they are struggling in the 2016-17 campaign and currently sit in 16th place, just one point off the relegation zone.

In other West Ham news, Sam Byram has delivered an update on his recovery on Instagram.